Social psychology examines the fundamental processes that underlie
how individuals think, feel, and behave in situations that involve other
people. This includes studying topics such as why individuals behave
differently alone than in groups, how stereotyping and prejudice change over
time, what makes a political speech persuasive, what are the factors that
promote life satisfaction, and how people make inferences about others’
personalities. Training in the area of social psychology is applicable to
real-world contexts and can help prepare students to enter careers in a broad
range of areas including business, education, community service, and the media.
Several faculty in the psychology department at NIU specialize in social
psychology and offer courses related to their areas of expertise.